Sensorimotor OCD, also known as Somatic OCD, is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that involves a fixation on bodily sensations or autonomic (involuntary) bodily functions. These obsessions with physical sensations or bodily processes often become very distressing or overwhelming. More common examples include obsessions about breathing, blinking, swallowing, one’s heart rate, or posture, but any physical sensation or process can become the subject of Sensorimotor/Somatic obsessions. Common compulsions may involve counting one’s actions, checking one’s sensations, repeatedly researching physical feelings or processes, or adhering to rigid “rules” about breathing or blinking, for example.
Is sensorimotor OCD the same as somatic OCD?
I can’t stop paying attention to my swallowing. What’s going on?
Fears about staring
Fears about chewing
Fear of proximity
Fears or Worries about Breathing
Fears about swallowing
Fears or Worries about Blinking